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October 24, 2014 - 4:01pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Pleasants, adjunct professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University, will visit the University of Northern Iowa as part of the Tallgrass Prairie Center's Ecological Restoration Seminar Series. He will present "Why Has the Monarch Butterfly Population Declined and What Can We Do About It?" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the center on West 27th Street.

There is a growing concern about the decline of the monarch butterfly population. In the past 20 years, the population has gone down by an alarming 90 percent. Multiple groups, organizations and individuals have raised concern on the issue and are working to determine the cause of the decline and how to stop it.

"The decline of the monarch butterfly affects most households in America, as it is the symbol of nature to almost every American child," said Daryl Smith, advocate of the Tallgrass Prairie Center. "Furthermore, this decline is representative of the tremendous ongoing loss of native pollinators that are essential to our ecosystem."

For more information, contact Smith at 319-273-2238 or daryl.smith@uni.edu.

October 22, 2014 - 9:07am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Christopher R. Edginton, professor of health, physical education and leisure services (HPELS) at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named the R.J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership. Established in 1989 by the R.J. McElroy Trust, this endowed professorship seeks to enhance the youth leadership studies program at UNI as well as improve the quality of youth leadership programs throughout the U.S.Chris Edginton

According to Doris R. Corbett, professor and director of HPELS, Edginton's contributions to the field of youth leadership are significant. He will assume his new role immediately in what is one of three endowed professorships in recreation and leisure in the U.S.

From 1991 to 2010, Edginton served as a professor in and the director of HPELS. In 1985, he founded the nationally award-winning Camp Adventure Child & Youth Services program. Since its inception, the program has provided contracted services for children and youth worldwide. From 2004 to 2014, he served as secretary general of the World Leisure Organization, a nongovernmental organization operating in consultative status with the United Nations. Edginton is the co-founder of the Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy (GoFPEP), a worldwide social movement aimed at rethinking, reframing and refocusing physical education pedagogy and the training of health and physical education teachers.

Edginton holds a B.A. in recreation from San Jose State College, an M.S. in park and recreation administration from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in higher education management from the University of Iowa. He has been identified as the leading proponent of the application of contemporary management concepts in the park and recreation field.

For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

October 22, 2014 - 9:47am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A cappella group Straight No Chaser will perform at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6.

Straight No Chaser features 10 crystal-clear a cappella voices trading the lead and blending for heartbreaking harmonies. The group is composed of college friends who reunited 10 years after graduation, and it has experienced a phenomenal rise in popularity with public television specials, long runs at Harrah's Casino and best-selling albums. Straight No Chaser performs a wide variety of songs, from "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to a medley of Lady Gaga hits.

Ticket prices range from $30 to $45 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by phone at 319-273-4849.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

October 22, 2014 - 10:02am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six graduates from the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS) at the University of Northern Iowa will be inducted into the school's Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, in the UNI Commons.

The following alumni will be inducted this year:

-       Barbara Binley Bakker (M.A. '95) spent 24 years as a teacher and coach in the Dike-New Hartford School District. She has received numerous honors and awards for coaching and teaching health, and she led her volleyball teams to seven state championships. She is currently a faculty member in HPELS.

-       Donald L. Corrigan (M.A. '62) served as head wrestling coach at Purdue University, where he went on to earn his Ph.D. in exercise physiology, was a professor and head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology and worked as the director of the Adult Fitness program. He also was a founding member of the American College of Sports Medicine and served as an NCAA wrestling official.

-       William R. Hall (M.A. '56) earned his Ph.D. in educational administration at the University of Iowa and worked as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Waucoma and Dubuque school districts. He was also the president of District No. 1 Elementary Principals Association of Iowa and director of the Institute for School Executives at the University of Iowa. Hall served for 24 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring at the rank of major.

-       Paul W. Kellerhals (M.A. '65) worked as a teacher and coach in Dike and Gladbrook and served as elementary principal in Dunkerton. He served for 34 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve. He also taught at the U.S. Army Reserve School and Korean Military Academy. He was a faculty member in military science at Iowa State University and Stephen F. Austin State University. He later went on to earn his Ed.D. from Auburn University.

-       John W. Kohl (B.S. '51) spent 47 years in the education profession and mentored more than 25 doctoral candidates. He taught in Iowa and Oregon, served as an instructor in the Division of Continuing Education for the University of Oregon and Portland State University, directed several programs at Pennsylvania State University, and served as assistant dean and dean of the College of Education at Montana State University. He completed his Ed.D. at the University of Oregon.

-       Dean W. Stoakes (B.A. '46) served as dean of students and principal in the Cedar Rapids School District. During his tenure, Cedar Rapids schools received national recognition for the inclusion of a required health course, as well as for additions to the curriculum for students with special needs. He earned his Ed.D. in secondary school education from the University of Colorado. Stoakes has also been superintendent of schools in Illinois, served as a lobbyist for high schools, worked as an educational consultant, and was a founder and board member of DuPage County Community College and DuPage County Occupational Training School.

Inductees are chosen using the following criteria: demonstrated mastery of their profession; significant contributions to their profession; demonstrated scholarly activity through publications and presentations related to their profession; positions held in professional organizations; and completion of at least 10 years of service to their profession.

UNI's School of HPELS has one of the oldest HPELS programs in the U.S., tracing its roots back to 1896 with the establishment of the Department of Physical Culture. Coursework in physical education dates back to 1878, two years after the opening of what was then known as the Iowa State Normal School.

The cost of the ceremony is $20. To make a reservation or for additional information, contact Carol Bean, at UNI's School of HPELS, at 319-273-2840 or carol.bean@uni.edu.

 

October 22, 2014 - 2:38pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the eighth annual Polar Bare Run, Walk or Roll on Tuesday, Nov. 11, on the UNI campus. The event begins with check-in at the UNI Alumni House at 8:30 p.m.; the race begins at 9 p.m.

Participants bring new or gently used clothing and nonperishable food items on the night of the event. They then embark on the one-mile run through campus. Clothing donations will go to the House of Hope while food donations will benefit the Northeast Iowa Foodbank. Two clothing donations and four food donations will give participants one entry to the prize raffle that will take place after the race.

The event is sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association and its student group, CATS (Connecting Alumni to Students). Registration is free and will be open until the day of the event. For more information or to register, visit http://www.uni.edu/cats/polar-bare-run-walk-or-roll or contact Connie Hansen, assistant director of outreach and engagement, at 319-273-3036 or constance.hansen@uni.edu.

 

October 21, 2014 - 4:50pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "Photographic Alternatives and Transcending Waste" from Thursday, Oct. 30, to Monday, Dec. 1. Artist Denis Roussel will present a lecture at 7 p.m., Oct. 30, in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. An opening reception will follow.

This exhibition features the work of Roussel. Born in Nantes, France, Roussel received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie in Rennes and an MFA in photography at the University of Iowa. He has explored scientific imagery as a medical photographer and fine art photography as an exhibitor in Colorado at the Center for Visual Arts, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Teal Art Gallery and online at Artwork Network. Last summer, his tintype series titled "A Collection of Somewhat Random Specimens" was exhibited in France at Oyonnax and during the Quinzaine Photographique Nantaise.

Roussel investigates chemical-based photo media, such as anthotypes, cyanotypes and wet-plate collodion, and alternative methods like pinhole camera imagery and lumen printing. "This exhibition represents the culmination of four years spent looking at my compost and recycling bins and experimenting with photographic processes," said Roussel. "I created one-of-a-kind photographs and sculptural objects to reveal the intrinsic value of my subjects and highlight the importance of simple personal actions in the struggle to protect our environment."

Also on view will be selections from Roussel's "Nature Mortes" series, which are part of the UNI Permanent Art Collection. A tribute to overlooked beauty, these photographs address the aesthetics in decaying life. "In these withered plants and flowers, there is great beauty that is intertwined with the dramatic notion of their demise," said Roussel.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. Please note that the Gallery will be closed from Saturday, Nov. 22, to Sunday, Nov. 30, for Thanksgiving Break.

For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/Home.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

October 17, 2014 - 4:56pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern has joined the nationwide "It's On Us" campaign. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unveiled the campaign in September to engage students and colleges to take active roles in preventing sexual assault on campus.

UNI's "It's On Us" video will debut on Monday, Oct. 20, at www.uni.edu/itsonus/. All UNI students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to take a pledge against sexual assault on the website. A pledge event for the campus community will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, in Maucker Union. The first 150 people who take the pledge will receive a free T-shirt, and a photo station will be available.

"UNI, like all colleges and universities, must do all it can to prevent sexual assault and relationship violence on our campuses, increase campus awareness, and provide victims and survivors with the resources and compassion they need," said Mike Licari, UNI interim provost and acting president. "UNI is absolutely committed to this effort."

For more information about UNI's involvement in the "It's On Us" campaign and to pledge, visit www.uni.edu/itsonus/. For more information about the national "It's On Us" campaign, visit itsonus.org.

October 16, 2014 - 10:25am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its 4th Women in Politics Scholarship banquet Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls. This bi-partisan event will feature guest speaker Jennifer Lawless, professor of government at American University in Washington, D.C.

Lawless is a nationally recognized expert on women's involvement in politics and also serves as the director of the Women and Politics Institute. She is the author of "Becoming a Candidate: Political Ambition and the Decision to Run for Office" and co-author of the book "It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office." In 2006, Lawless ran for the Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Rhode Island's 2nd District.

The event will begin with a social time at 6 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Net proceeds from the event benefit UNI's Women in Politics Scholarship.

Those interested in purchasing tickets for the banquet should contact Donna Hoffman, head of the UNI Department of Political Science, at 319-273-5916 or donna.hoffman@uni.edu.

October 15, 2014 - 2:40pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa--The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its bi-annual
Teacher Education Induction Convocation at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Approximately 350 students have satisfied requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher
Education Program, and are invited to participate in the formal induction ceremony. Simon Estes, internationally renowned opera singer from Centerville, Iowa, will deliver the convocation address. Katheryn East, Teacher Education Faculty chair, will present and affirm the candidates and President Bill Ruud will grant admission to the Teacher Education Program.

This will be the 48th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education Program since formal ceremonies began in 1991. Parents and friends of the candidates are invited along with UNI faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the GBPAC lobby.

For more information, contact Kathy Oakland, instructor of human relations, at 319-273-2591 or kathy.oakland@uni.edu.

October 14, 2014 - 1:47pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students from University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society (ACS) will host their annual "Halloween House" from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall.

This year, there will be three chemistry rooms running scheduled shows: Devil's Den, Witches' Lair and Pirates' Cove. There will also be a number of other locations with hands-on activities. To name a few, Mummies Yummies with information about food chemistry, Frankenstein's Lab, Skeleton Graveyard, and Wizards and the Four Elements.

"This is the first year that student organizations from all four science departments are involved in some way," said Dawn Del Carlo, faculty adviser to ACS and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. "So in addition to being able to experience great chemistry in a safe and fun environment, visitors get the opportunity to dabble in all the sciences."

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Del Carlo at 319-273-3296 or dawn.delcarlo@uni.edu, or Melisa Cherney, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at 319-273-2557 or melisa.cherney@uni.edu.

October 14, 2014 - 2:24pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host events and activities for students, parents and family members of all ages during Family Weekend, Friday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 19.

To start the weekend, the International Dance Theatre and Orchesis Dance Company will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, in Bengtson Auditorium in Russel Hall. Families can also view the night sky with the earth science department's computer-controlled telescopes. They will be available for use from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Hillside Observatory on Jennings Drive.

On Saturday, welcome and check in will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m., in the Gallagher Bluedorn lobby. After check in, the Family Feast Tailgate will be held at the Rialto and Piazza dining centers from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afterwards, families can head to Maucker Union to see one of Iowa's favorite magicians, Eric Michaels, at 1:30 p.m. Guests can also tour the UNI Botanical Center's greenhouses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other tour options include taking a bus to downtown Cedar Falls to see all that the city has to offer. The bus will depart from the east side of Lang Hall and make a loop to downtown from 1 to 4 p.m. Also taking place at 1 p.m., a "behind-the-scenes" tour of Special Collections and University Archives at Rod Library. Seating is limited, so RSVP in advance by emailing Gerald Peterson at gerald.peterson@uni.edu.

The UNI football team will play South Dakota State at 4 p.m. at the UNI-Dome. After the game, families will have the opportunity to see the Tony Award-winning musical "Camelot" at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are at 3 and 8 p.m.

Also on Oct. 18, various programs, academic colleges and departments will host activities, open houses, and special tours for students and their families. For more information, contact Kristin Woods, coordinator of new student programs, at 319-273-2332 or kristin.woods@uni.edu. A full calendar of events is available at www.uni.edu/familyweekend.

October 14, 2014 - 4:20pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four University of Northern Iowa faculty members were honored at the fall faculty meeting earlier this semester for outstanding research and professional service.

The Regents Excellence Award for Faculty is given annually by the Iowa Board of Regents to honor outstanding university faculty members. This year's recipients include:

- Angeleita Floyd, professor of flute in the School of Music, has received critical praise and international acclaim for her research, writings, musicianship, professional practices and pedagogy. She has held professional performances, presentations and master classes worldwide and has offered more than 130 national and international residencies and performances. Due to Floyd's many successes, her colleagues from the National Flute Association chose her for multiple leadership roles, including president, and awarded her the Distinguished Service Award in 2013.

- Ripley Marston, professor of physical education, has been a valued member of the UNI faculty since 1976. He is the author of several books and an array of articles in the area of physical education pedagogy. Marston is the creator and administrative director of UNI's Kindergym program, which celebrated its 30th year of operation last April. He has been recognized on several occasions by the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance for his contributions to the physical educators within the state. He currently is a member of the College of Education Scholarship Administrative Team and is the program chair for the University Teacher Induction Convocation.

- James McCullagh, professor of social work, has been the recipient of many awards since coming to UNI, including the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Service Award, Outstanding Scholarship Award and the Outstanding Teaching Award. He has been successful in grantsmanship, having received more than 4 million dollars in external funds.

- Dennis Schmidt, professor of accounting, has a national reputation as a tax scholar and was one of the first academics to appreciate the potential significance of electronic tax research resources to the accounting profession. He was the developer of a tax research website that was one of the first of such sites, and it is still used today in both academia and practice. Schmidt has published more than 40 academic and professional journal articles and has presented his research at numerous academic research conferences.

October 9, 2014 - 8:43am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Supporters of the United States Army will host a 5K "Zombie Run" through UNI's campus from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31. Proceeds from the event will go toward supporting the UNI ROTC cadets with funds for range challenges, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge and field training exercises.

Each participant will start the race with two balloons. Throughout the course, zombies will try to chase down runners and pop their balloons. If both balloons are popped, the runner is then "dead." Survival is key!

Tickets for the event are $20 if they are purchased before Oct. 27, and $25 if they are purchased after. To register, visit https://unisusa-zombie-run.eventbrite.com. For additional information, contact Deb Ackerson, secretary of military science-ROTC, at 319-273-7648 or debra.ackerson@uni.edu.

October 9, 2014 - 8:55am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host several town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Iowa. The next meeting will be held in Dubuque from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Keystone AEA Dubuque Office, Room 1ABC, 2310 Chaney Rd., Dubuque.

Meetings will allow educators, parents, students, community leaders, lawmakers and others to join in the conversation about what is needed for the future of education. Topics will include recent Iowa education laws and how UNI is working to support these initiatives; the upcoming renovation of Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus and how it relates to the preparation of highly effective teachers for Iowa; UNI's new Center for Educational Transformation and its role in the future of education in Iowa; and what is needed for Iowa's students to be college-, career- and citizenry-ready.

Meetings will be held across the state from now until December. For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

October 8, 2014 - 9:27am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics has been recognized as a "top producer" of graduates with a bachelors degree in physics by the American Physical Society. UNI ranks No. 13 on the list of undergraduate physics degrees given at Masters-level universities nationally for the years 2010 to 2012. There are currently 62 undergraduate physics majors in UNI's program.

"We are very proud to be recognized as a top producer of graduates with a bachelors degree in physics among masters-granting universities," said Paul Shand, interim head of the physics department. "It is a testament to the dedication of our outstanding faculty who nurture and mentor students from the time they enter UNI as freshmen or transfers to the day they leave UNI with their hard-earned degree. Our flexible degree programs and vigorous involvement of students in undergraduate research are geared toward the retention and graduation of every student. We look forward to moving up the list as more students learn that our physics department is a great fit for them, right here, right now."

For more information, visit www.aps.org/programs/education/statistics/topproducers.cfm or contact Shand at 319-273-6728 or paul.shand@uni.edu.

October 8, 2014 - 9:40am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show," featuring acts inspired by legendary entertainers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop, will be performed at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2.

There is only one real Rat Pack experience! It's not until you indulge in this critically acclaimed production of "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show" that you begin to realize why Sandy Hackett's personal connection to these iconic legends has allowed him to tell this story unlike any other producer or performer. Hackett's father, legendary comedian Buddy Hackett, was the best of friends with the Rat Pack -- and together, they all made history. Hackett and his producing partner Lisa Dawn Miller, daughter of legendary songwriter Ron Miller, have created a truly authentic theatrical production based on the musical and comedic legacy of the Rat Pack, capturing the relationship, respect, love and timeless laughter of that once-in-a-lifetime moment in history.

Ticket prices range from $28 to $40 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by phone at 319-273-4849.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

October 8, 2014 - 10:50am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is an outstanding business school for the ninth consecutive year, according to The Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review, known for its widely followed college rankings in dozens of categories based on student ratings, features UNI's College of Business Administration in the just-published 2015 edition of "The Best 296 Business Schools" (Random House/Princeton Review, published Oct. 7, 2014).

Farzad Mousavi, dean of UNI's College of Business Administration, said, "It is gratifying to receive continued recognition from The Princeton Review, which is internationally respected for its independence and relies heavily on current students' opinions. What The Princeton Review finds so appealing -- high quality of instruction and strong student orientation -- defines the academic philosophy of the entire college."

"The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the profile on UNI, the Princeton Review editors say, "UNI is well known and their students are well received as potential employees."

One student told The Princeton Review that the University of Northern Iowa offers a "practical business curriculum than can be directly applied to the business world." Another said, "It is a highly interactive atmosphere with professors who want you to [learn]." Said another, "Administrative staff [is] wonderful here; they go above and beyond limits to help you with any kind of issue."

In addition to this recognition from The Princeton Review, the UNI College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, is among the The Military Times' Best for Vets: Business Schools rankings and has earned a U.S. News & World Report's best part-time MBA ranking. Learn more about UNI's undergraduate business and MBA programs at business.uni.edu.

October 6, 2014 - 8:33am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Roots and Boots," featuring country legends Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw, will perform at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24.

The show will be filled with stories and songs, getting back to the roots of country music. There will also be a cowboy barbecue with food available for purchase before the show at 6 p.m., in the GBPAC.

Ticket prices range from $35 to $49 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by phone at 319-273-4849.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

October 6, 2014 - 8:41am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host American novelist Ernest Cline at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Cline is the author of this year's common read, "Ready Player One." The book ties into this year's Reaching for Higher Ground theme, which is social media. Cline will discuss his book and talk about the impact of social media in today's society.

A common read is selected each year at UNI as part of the Reaching for Higher Ground project. Students who register for First-Year Cornerstone in the summer are given a copy of the book and asked to read it before coming back in the fall. The book is then incorporated into the integrated communication course throughout the year. In this way, new students build community through a shared experience.

The mission of the Reaching for Higher Ground project is to better understand a variety of complex topics through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. The theme for this year's series is Media and Social Media: A Networked Society.

A book signing will follow the keynote address. The event is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public. For more information, contact Deirdre Heistad, liberal arts core director and associate professor of languages and literatures, at 319-273-2633 or d.heistad@uni.edu.

October 3, 2014 - 1:45pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Revenue and the South Dakota Department of Revenue are presenting a joint webinar to offer helpful state sales/use tax information to business owners who conduct business in both South Dakota and Iowa. This free online webinar will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CDT) Wednesday, Oct. 8. The presentation will provide information on how and when to apply for a tax permit, when to charge South Dakota versus Iowa tax, services subject to sales and use tax, and filing returns. For more information or to register, visit www.iowataxwebinars.com.

The South Dakota and Iowa Departments of Revenue have partnered with MyEntre.Net to provide this free tax webinar to small business owners on IASourceLink. The presenters for this webinar are Terry O’Neill of the Iowa Department of Revenue and Adam Maska of the South Dakota Department of Revenue. Rob Williams of the University of Northern Iowa will serve as moderator.

Recorded versions of prior webinars are also available at www.iowataxwebinars.com.

The mission of the Iowa Department of Revenue is to serve Iowans and support state government by collecting all taxes required by law, but no more.

October 3, 2014 - 3:45pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host a public information panel on the Ebola virus from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the College Eye Room in Maucker Union.

The discussion will focus on cultural, health, virology and prevention issues. Panel members include:

- Michele Devlin, professor of health promotion and education, and director of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities

- Catherine Zeman, professor of health promotion and education, and director of UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center

- Michael Walter, associate professor of biology

- Brett Irving, UNI senior majoring in biology and health promotion: environmental health

The panel is sponsored by the UNI Division of Health Promotion and Education, the Iowa Center on Health Disparities, and the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center.

For more information, contact Devlin at 319-273-5806 or michele.devlin@uni.edu, or Zeman at 319-273-7090 or catherine.zeman@uni.edu.

October 2, 2014 - 12:55pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre Thursday is a gathering of University of Northern Iowa theatre students, faculty, staff, Friends of Theatre UNI members, alumni and local theatre practitioners/enthusiasts after the opening night performance of Theatre UNI productions. It is a reception of recognition, celebration, release and engagement. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. 

The next Theatre Thursday will be held after the opening night of "The Sweetest Swing in Baseball," on Thursday, Oct. 9.

The event is sponsored by the College of Education and will be held in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director of Theatre UNI, at 319-273-6833 or eric.lange@uni.edu.

October 2, 2014 - 1:11pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ian Anderson, the iconic frontman of progressive rock band Jethro Tull, will perform at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19.

Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries and is recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music. His band, Jethro Tull, sold more than 60 million albums and was characterized by Anderson's trademark acoustic textures created with ethnic flutes and whistles, as well as acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. Anderson will perform a variety of Jethro Tull hits, as well as songs from his new album "Homo Erraticus."

Tickets cost $35 to $55 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by phone at 319-273-4849.

In anticipation of the concert, radio station 97.7 KCRR will hold a "storking" contest at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the GBPAC lobby. Contestants will hold the famed Ian Anderson stork pose for a chance to win a pair of tickets and to meet Anderson before his show. More information can be found at www.gbpac.com, as well as on the GBPAC Facebook and Twitter pages.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660.

 

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present the second production of its 2014-15 season, "Love & Information," at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 and Nov. 6 to 8, and 2 p.m., Nov. 2 and 9, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"Love and Information" promises to be one of the most complex and challenging pieces the theatre has produced. It was written by award-winning playwright Caryl Churchill and is being directed by professor of theatre Jay Edelnant. The production will incorporate dance, music, theatre and electronic media systems to illuminate how our daily lives and personal relationships are challenged by the digital environment surrounding us. "Love & Information" is presented in partnership with UNI's Cornerstone program.

The set design will be done by Ron Koinzan, the lighting will be provided by Mark Parrott, and the costuming will be designed by Jenn Shesko Wood, all current faculty in the theatre department. UNI students Sara Roth and Cory Wagner will contribute original music and videography, respectively. Choreography will be designed by Jennifer Hampton and Cayden Shiltz. Digital Culture classes at UNI will contribute video material as well.

Tickets are $14 for adults and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, by calling 319-273-4849 or at www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director of Theatre UNI, at 319-273-6833 or eric.lange@uni.edu.

October 1, 2014 - 11:09am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host several town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Iowa. A meeting will be held in the Cedar Valley from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, at AEA 267, 3712 Cedar Heights Dr., Cedar Falls.

Meetings will allow educators, parents, students, community leaders, lawmakers and others to join in the conversation about what is needed for the future of education. Topics will include recent Iowa education laws and how UNI is working to support these initiatives; the upcoming renovation of Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus and how it relates to the preparation of highly effective teachers for Iowa; UNI's new Center for Educational Transformation and its role in the future of education in Iowa; and what is needed for Iowa's students to be college-, career- and citizenry-ready.

Meetings will be held across the state from now until December. For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

October 1, 2014 - 11:26am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host several town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Iowa. The next meeting will be held in Spencer from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Prairie Lakes AEA, 23 E. 7th St. #B, Spencer.

Meetings will allow educators, parents, students, community leaders, lawmakers and others to join in the conversation about what is needed for the future of education. Topics will include recent Iowa education laws and how UNI is working to support these initiatives; the upcoming renovation of Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus and how it relates to the preparation of highly effective teachers for Iowa; UNI's new Center for Educational Transformation and its role in the future of education in Iowa; and what is needed for Iowa's students to be college-, career- and citizenry-ready.

Meetings will be held across the state from now until December. For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

September 30, 2014 - 4:25pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's ARTreach program will launch a second season of the "Art After Work" concert series, titled "Culture Builds Community." Concerts will be from 5:15 to 6 p.m., at 220 E. 4th St., Waterloo. Admission is free.

The concerts run from October until December and will feature UNI artists, including:

- Oct. 1, tribute to Richard Strauss, featuring Tina Su, horn; Polina Khatsko, piano; and Heather Peyton, oboe.
- Oct. 8, piano works of Beethoven, featuring Dmitri Vorobiev, associate professor in the School of Music.
-Oct. 15, instrumental jazz trio, featuring Robert Washut, professor in the School of Music; Alexander Pershounin, instructor in the School of Music; and Christopher Merz, professor in the School of Music.
-Oct. 22, cocktail jazz duet, featuring Steph Althof and Tom Tritle.
-Oct. 29, UNI Trombone Studio, performing various jazz and classical works.
-Nov. 5, UNI Horn Choir, performing ensemble works.
-Nov. 12, Electronic Music, featuring FN Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
-Nov. 19, UNI Student Composers.
-Dec. 3, saxophone from the streets of Paris, featuring UNI Saxophone Quartets.

ARTreach and 220East After Work is a partnership project of the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (CHAS), JSA Development and Main Street, Waterloo. For more information, contact Celeste Bembry, CHAS student recruitment and retention coordinator, at 319-273-2797 or celeste.bembry@uni.edu.

September 30, 2014 - 4:32pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Daisy Hernandez will be speaking at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) as part of the Reaching for Higher Ground series. Hernandez will discuss her new memoir, "A Cup of Water Under My Bed," and what affects working in a majority workforce have had on her. The event will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9.

Hernandez is an award-winning author and journalist whose writing focuses on topics such as race and gender issues, sexuality and media. She is also the co-editor of "Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism," and has been published in the Catholic Reporter and the New York Times. Her last visit to UNI was in March 2014 as keynote speaker for Women's History Month.

The mission of the Reaching for Higher Ground project is to better understand a variety of complex topics through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. The theme for this year's series is Media and Social Media: A Networked Society.

For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or michael.blackwell@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/higherground/.

 

September 29, 2014 - 10:47am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa faculty members were honored at the fall faculty meeting earlier this semester for outstanding research and professional service.

The Class of 1943 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching not only rewards effective performance in the classroom, but also generosity with personal time and a serious concern for academic excellence and individual student needs, interests and development. This year's recipients include:

- Elaine Eshbaugh, associate professor in the School of Applied Human Sciences, holds the Adele Whitenack Professorship in Gerontology and provides leadership to UNI's gerontology program, which has grown tremendously under her outreach efforts. In addition to teaching UNI students, Eshbaugh also conducts frequent in-service professional trainings and community education workshops on aging, caregiving and dementia.

- Robin Lund, associate professor of physical education, teaches a wide range of coursework at the graduate and undergraduate level, including research methods, statistics, and anatomy and physiology. One nominator said that he creates an environment that motivates and inspires students as well as other faculty members.

The Ross A. Nielsen Award is given to a faculty member who displays an extraordinary record of meritorious service to both UNI and the individual's academic discipline. This year's recipient is Timothy Gilson, associate professor of educational leadership. Gilson's contributions to education include preparing principals in Iowa, advising MAE and doctoral students, and providing guest lectures on school law to UNI's preservice teachers.

The James F. Lubker Faculty Research Award was created to honor James Lubker, professor of communication sciences and disorders and former executive vice president and provost. This award is an annual cash prize recognizing a UNI faculty member for excellence in research and scholarship. The major selection criteria are exceptional original contributions to research and scholarship, including the creative and performing arts. This year's recipient is Carl Thurman, professor of biology. Thurman's work has been cited in more than 400 publications.

The Excellence in Liberal Arts Core Teaching Award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates quality teaching of Liberal Arts Core classes. This year's recipient is John Burnight, assistant professor of philosophy and world religions. Burnight carefully guides his students through original texts of major religious traditions in order to help prepare them for employment in an increasingly global society.

The MidWestOne UNIque Academic Advising Award is given to a faculty member who provides excellent advising to students through availability to students, frequent contact, appropriate referral activity, and facilitation of student progress toward academic and career goals. This year's recipient is Jennifer Cooley, associate professor of languages and literatures. Cooley has developed unique community engagement activities for her advisees with local and statewide Latino communities, and she has aided her students in developing rewarding careers.

The awards are presented annually to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding professional contributions to UNI during their careers. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues and peers.

 

September 29, 2014 - 4:05pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host Jack Hatch for a Governor Candidate Education Forum at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, in Maucker Union, Ballroom C.

The forum will be dedicated exclusively to a discussion of education policy. It will include a 20-minute address from Hatch about his education platform and priorities for early childhood through the postsecondary years, followed by questions from a panel of UNI faculty and students.

Hatch served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1985 to 1993. In 1993, he worked as State Director with U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin. He then returned to the Iowa House after winning the election in 2000 and from there went on to win his first term to the Iowa Senate in 2002. Currently, Hatch serves as chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee.

"Education is an issue of key concern for our country's future and our competitiveness in the global economy," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "High quality education has long been a priority for the citizens of Iowa. The Governor Candidate Education Forum at UNI will provide a focused opportunity for candidates to address this critical issue."

Candidates for governor, the Congressional First District and the U.S. Senate have been invited to participate in the forums. Hatch is the second to be scheduled.

September 25, 2014 - 11:12am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Internationally prominent reading comprehension and learning scholar Ralph E. Reynolds has joined the faculty of the College of Education (COE) at the University of Northern Iowa as the Richard O. Jacobson Endowed Chair of Literacy.

Reynolds previously held research and administrative positions at the University of Illinois, University of Utah, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Iowa State University. He also founded or co-founded and directed two centers for reading research/practice and a third for evaluation, research design and data analysis. His responsibilities at UNI will include conducting reading research and stimulating research activity among faculty and graduate students in the COE.

"I'm thrilled to be working with Dr. Dwight Watson and the College of Education faculty and students," said Reynolds. "Dean Watson has significant knowledge about, and insight into, educational issues and a progressive vision for the future of his college – a vision I strongly endorse."

Reynolds has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research, teaching and administrative efforts. He attained Fellow status in the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association and the Lincy Research and Policy Studies Institute (UNLV) for his research contributions. He is a founding/charter member and former president of the international Society for the Scientific Study of Reading and was the inaugural director of the School of Education at Iowa State University. Reynolds is a recipient of the American Educational Research Association's Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award, presented for his theoretical/empirical research that led to the formulation of Schema Theory as a viable explanation for many of the individual differences found in the scientific research literature concerning reading comprehension and human learning.

"I am very excited about coming to UNI," said Reynolds. "There is already a high-quality College of Education there and many colleagues with whom I look forward to working."

September 25, 2014 - 11:21am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host several town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Iowa. The next meeting will be held in Council Bluffs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Educational Service Center, 1600 Broadway, Suite 1600, Council Bluffs.

Meetings will allow educators, parents, students, community leaders, lawmakers and others to join in the conversation about what is needed for the future of education. Topics will include recent Iowa education laws and how UNI is working to support these initiatives; the upcoming renovation of Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus and how it relates to the preparation of highly effective teachers for Iowa; UNI's new Center for Educational Transformation and its role in the future of education in Iowa; and what is needed for Iowa's students to be college-, career- and citizenry-ready.

Meetings will be held across the state from now until December. For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

September 25, 2014 - 11:25am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has been selected by G.I. Jobs Magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2015, an honor placing the university in the top 20 percent of schools doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students and ensure their success on campus.

According to G.I. Jobs, the list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that share a priority for recruiting students with military experience. Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list include recruitment and retention of military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

Now in its sixth year, the list was compiled through research in which G.I. Jobs polled more than 10,000 schools nationwide. The methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators and administrators from across the country.

The full list of Military Friendly Schools can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/. For more information about UNI's Military and Veteran Student Services, visit www.uni.edu/military/.

September 25, 2014 - 1:34pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG), in partnership with Northern Iowa Democrats and UNI College Republicans, will sponsor Voterpalooza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Campanile on the UNI campus. The rain location for the event will be in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse. The event will include free food for students and giveaways courtesy of NISG. Voter registration will be available and is encouraged.

UNI has also partnered with TurboVote to make it easy to register to vote. When students sign up, they will be able to access everything needed to register to vote, stay registered if they move, vote absentee, and get reminders about local, state and federal elections. If students have already registered to vote, they can still sign up to take advantage of text or email reminders regarding elections. To sign up, visit https://uni.turbovote.org.

For more information, contact Victoria Hurst, NISG director of governmental relations, at 319-273-2650 or hurstv@uni.edu, or Lisa Kratz, director of Maucker Union, at 319-273-2256 or lisa.kratz@uni.edu.

September 24, 2014 - 9:14am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's MyEntre.Net and the Iowa Department of Revenue will host a free webinar titled "Iowa Tax Law Legislative Update" from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30.

This online course will provide information about tax law changes enacted during the 2014 legislative session. The presenter is Jim McNulty of the Iowa Department of Revenue. Valyn Reinig, program assistant for UNI's Regional Business Center, will serve as moderator.

The Iowa Department of Revenue partnered with UNI's MyEntre.Net to provide free webinars on tax topics of interest to Iowa business owners and entrepreneurs. Webinars are delivered through IASourceLink.com, where small businesses get connected to resources across Iowa. Recordings are available at www.IowaTaxWebinars.com.

The mission of the Iowa Department of Revenue is to serve Iowans and support state government by collecting all taxes required by law, but no more. For more information or to register, visit IowaTaxWebinars.com.

September 24, 2014 - 11:02am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) is a regional training center for Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) strategies, a nationally recognized best-practice bystander gender violence and bullying prevention program. To date, the CVP has implemented this training at 14 high schools in Iowa and 14 community colleges and universities. It has also delivered training to campus ROTC cadets at UNI, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Dubuque.

The bystander approach to gender violence and bullying prevention focuses on young men and women not as perpetrators or victims, but as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers and support abused ones. This helps to create and maintain social norms where abuse and harassment are unwelcome.

The CVP will provide a bystander training workshop in conjunction with the Heartland Campus Safety Summit in Overland Park, Kansas, which is a conference that offers practical guidance and knowledge about preventing and responding to gender-based violence. The CVP will offer training on Wednesday, Nov. 12, and the conference will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13. Seating for the workshop will be limited. To register, visit www.janascampaign.org/mvp/.

For more information, contact Alan Heisterkamp, interim director of the Center for Educational Transformation, at 319-273-3054 or alan.heisterkamp@uni.edu.

           

September 23, 2014 - 2:52pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The award-winning Broadway musical "Camelot" will be performed at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 3 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18.

The audience can recount the time-honored legend of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table in an enchanting fable of chivalry in this four-time Tony Award-winning musical. When Queen Guinevere and the dashing Sir Lancelot, King Arthur's most trusted knight, give in to their passion for one another, one of the most fabled love triangles of all time ensues. This new production of "Camelot" features a renowned score by one of Broadway's greatest teams, Lerner and Loewe, and a fresh take on the popular legend.

Ticket prices range from $33 to $53 and can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by phone at 319-273-4849.

A Renaissance Faire will be held prior to the show at 10 a.m., Oct. 18, outside of the GBPAC. The event will consist of several acts featured at Midwestern Renaissance festivals, including a presentation on Elizabethan weapons and manners by the acting troupe Have Court, Will Travel; a classic "Punch and Judy" puppet show by Jester Puppets; Lord Drake's Mystic Magic; and Lala the strolling Celtic fiddler. There will also be battles put on by the UNI Swordfighting Club.

This event is part of the GBPAC's 2014-15 Artist Series "Spark, Ignite, Inspire." The Artist Series brings internationally acclaimed artists and programs to UNI for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager for the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 319-273-3660 or blake.argotsinger@uni.edu.

 

September 23, 2014 - 2:57pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Fast Forward: Ten Years of Building Career Momentum," an electronic media workshop that brings together academics and media professionals, will be hosted at the University of Northern Iowa, Friday, Oct. 3, in Lang Hall. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with workshops, lunch, discussion and speakers to follow. The workshop is sponsored by the Iowa Broadcasters Association and the IBA Foundation.

The Fast Forward workshop, in its 10th year, continues to bring working professionals to students.  Interactive sessions will be offered in a variety of settings to help media students prepare for their first job. Industry experts will lead discussions on best practices in broadcast journalism and help attendees polish their broadcast and production skills.

The keynote speaker will be Mary Quass, president and chief executive officer at NRG Media, a company that owns and operates 45 radio stations in the Midwest. The full list of presenters can be found at www.uni.edu/commstudies/fastforward.

Cost of the Fast Forward workshop is $50 for students and $65 for professionals. A brown bag lunch is included in the cost. Payment can be mailed to Fast Forward: E-Media Workshop, Department of Communication Studies, Lang Hall 326, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614. Make checks payable to UNI/Communication Studies. Or, register online at www.uni.edu/commstudies/fastforward.

A number of full and partial scholarships are provided for students through funding by the IBA. For more information, contact Ronnie Bankston, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6244 or ronnie.bankston@uni.edu.

September 23, 2014 - 3:32pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band (PMB), the largest student organization on campus, has experienced growth for the seventh consecutive year. The band currently has 330 members, the most in UNI history.

The band is led by Danny Galyen, associate professor of music. It performs five different shows each season. Students do not have to major in music to participate, and this year's band includes students from 79 different majors.

This year the band was invited to perform in the New Year's Day Parade and Festival in London on Jan. 1. This will be the first international performance for the band. More than 8,000 performers from all corners of the globe will entertain a street audience of around 500,000 during the parade.

"Everyone involved with the Panther Marching Band is excited to experience such a significant growth in our enrollment," said Galyen. "We feel that this is a result of the students having such a positive experience as members of the band. They seem to thrive in the band program here, and they have created a close-knit family atmosphere that provides a great deal of support to them as they navigate through their college life."

Students in the band are responsible for paying for their trip to London. Donations can be made at pmblondon.com.

For more information, contact Galyen at 319-273-2173 or danny.galyen@uni.edu.

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September 22, 2014 - 8:49am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 2014 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition came to a close on Sept. 18 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.

-Pear Deck received first place and was awarded $25,000. Pear Deck is an EdTech startup powering active classrooms in Google Apps for Education schools by blending personalized and collaborative learning in one simple app. Pear Deck was started in 2014 and is located in Iowa City, Iowa.

Contact: Michal Eynon-Lynch

michal@peardeck.com

https://peardeck.com/

 

-Green Start LLC came in second place and was awarded $15,000. Green Start has created a paradigm shift for the treatment of water and waste water, the patented technology can deliver over 600 mg/L of dissolved oxygen, several times that of natural saturation of oxygen in water, in a nano/micro-bubble form. Green Start was launched in 2014 and is located in Le Claire, Iowa.

Contact: Leonard Hoogerwerf

hoogerwerf@greenstartco.com

http://greenstartco.com

 

-Iowa Adaptive Technologies received third place and was awarded $10,000. IAT addresses the needs of those who experience communication barriers caused by physical impairments. Iowa Adaptive Technologies was started in 2013 and is located in Iowa City, Iowa.

Contact: Richard Hurtig

richard-hurtig@uiown.edu

http://www.iowa-adaptive.com/

 

"Special thanks to John Pappjohn who, through his unwavering commitment to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, has again sponsored this business plan competition and has provided extensive support for entrepreneurship in Iowa,” said Randy Pilkington, director of the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

Details about next year's John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition will be announced in February. For additional information about the competition, visit www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com.

September 18, 2014 - 8:50am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host speaker Nicole M. LaVoi, the associate director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, in Sabin Hall, Room 002. The lecture is being presented in conjunction with UNI's Reaching For Higher Ground project.

Forty percent of all sport participants are female, yet women's sport receives only 4 percent of all sport media coverage. Female athletes are also much more likely than male athletes to be portrayed in sexually provocative poses. LaVoi's presentation, "Does Sex Sell?: Uncovering Media Representations of Women's Sports," will address these disparities and dispel the common myths that no one is interested in women's sport and that "sex sells." She will also discuss effective strategies for increasing media coverage and creating images that reflect the reality of women's sport participation.

The mission of the Reaching For Higher Ground project is to better understand a variety of complex topics through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. This year's theme is "Media and Social Media: A Networked Society," which aims to explore the educational, social, economic and political impacts of digital technology.

For more information, contact Jennifer Waldron, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services, at 319-273-2730 or jennifer.waldron@uni.edu.

September 18, 2014 - 3:29pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Educational Talent Search Program will kick off the 2014-15 school year with mass recruitment opportunities for new students who are enrolled in the Waterloo schools in grades six through 12. During the month of September, program staff will be enrolling new students at East, West and Expo high schools and at Hoover, Bunger, Carver and Central middle schools.

Educational Talent Search helps students prepare for college through a variety of services for each grade level, including college visits, job shadowing, college admissions, financial aid applications, study skills, high school tutoring and cultural events. The program is also recruiting students for a robotics team.     

For more information and to download applications, visit www.uni.edu/eop/educational-talent-search or call 319-433-1220.

September 18, 2014 - 3:36pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $32,500 grant to the UNI Gallery of Art. The gallery will use the grant funds to support an object-by-object survey of the works on paper in the holdings of the UNI Permanent Art Collection.

This survey fulfills the next highest priority goal in the Collection's Long-Range Conservation Plan. The product achieved at the conclusion of the survey will be more than 2,200 prioritized, item-specific reports and 30 in-depth treatment proposals for significant art objects. Two highly qualified paper conservators from the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) will work on site at the UNI Art Collection storage facility providing hands-on service learning for art history students and the gallery's student staff who will assist them as they evaluate cherished works of art. At the end of their stay, the MACC conservators will offer a hinging and handling workshop for interested faculty and students.

"Our grants are highly competitive. The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding," said IMLS director Susan H. Hildreth. "Receiving a grant from IMLS is a significant achievement, and we congratulate the UNI Gallery of Art for being among the 2014 IMLS museum grantees."

IMLS museum grants support a wide variety of projects that create learning experiences, strengthen communities, care for collections and provide broad public access.  

According to Darrell Taylor, overseer of the UNI Permanent Art Collection, "We are the proud stewards of an amazing collection of art objects, and it is our duty to preserve them for the educational and cultural objectives of this institution. This project will benefit not only UNI, but also the wider northeast Iowa-area population and university alumni who buttress our efforts through scholarship, donation and guidance."

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. The grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. A complete list of museum recipients is available on the IMLS website at www.imls.gov/2014MuseumList. For information about IMLS museum grant programs, visit www.imls.gov/applicants/available_grants.aspx.

For additional information, contact Taylor at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.

September 18, 2014 - 3:45pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host several town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Iowa. The first meeting will be held in the Cedar Valley from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, at AEA 267, 3712 Cedar Heights Dr., Cedar Falls.

Meetings will allow educators, parents, students, community leaders, lawmakers and others to join in the conversation about what is needed for the future of education. Topics will include recent Iowa education laws and how UNI is working to support these initiatives; the upcoming renovation of Schindler Education Center on UNI's campus and how it relates to the preparation of highly effective teachers for Iowa; UNI's new Center for Educational Transformation and its role in the future of education in Iowa; and what is needed for Iowa's students to be college-, career- and citizenry-ready.

Meetings will be held across the state from now until December. For more information, contact Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 319-273-2717 or dwight.watson@uni.edu.

September 16, 2014 - 10:03am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) cadets completed a busy summer with training events throughout the United States and the world.

Seventeen seniors successfully completed the physically and mentally demanding Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, Ky. and are on track to commission as Army officers upon graduation. The purpose of LDAC is to train U.S. Army ROTC cadets to Army standards and to develop leadership and evaluate officer potential.

Three sophomores seeking to join UNI ROTC as cadets graduated from the Leaders Training Course (LTC) at Fort Knox. LTC is four weeks of intense classroom and field training held in the summer. It is an accelerated version of the two years of leadership development training cadets receive in the Basic Course.

Eight cadets completed Cadet Troop Leading Training (CTLT) internships with active-duty Army units throughout the United States. The internships provide cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in the Army over a three-to four-week period. Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units.

Finally, three cadets spent their summer in Kosovo as part of the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program training and visiting with Iowa National Guard troops deployed to that region. The program focuses on cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills.

For more information, contact Glen Keith, lieutenant colonel and department head of military science, at 319-273-6178 or glen.keith@uni.edu.

September 16, 2014 - 2:53pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in physical education program that begins in spring 2015. This program prepares teachers and coaches to be effective and reflective educators while providing for the professional development needs of Pre-K through 12 physical education teachers and coaches. Participants will focus on linking practice to theory while broadening their understanding of the educational processes as they relate to the physical education teaching and learning environment.

"We are excited to offer a master's program to physical education teachers living anywhere in the state of Iowa and beyond who, because of their teaching responsibilities, would not otherwise have access to master’s degree classes," said Fabio Fontana, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. "Our program is designed to improve teaching skills, but it may also help the renewal of teaching contracts or increases in the salary scale. The program accommodates the busy schedule of physical education teachers and requires students to take only two eight-week courses a semester."

Fall and spring courses are offered in eight-week modules on select Monday evenings via interactive desktop video conferencing (Adobe Connect) with additional coursework offered online. Summer sessions may meet via Adobe Connect more frequently.

The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves through the six-semester course sequence together. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/physical-education.

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

September 16, 2014 - 3:01pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency program that begins spring 2015. This two-year program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as a superintendent or Area Education Agency (AEA) administrator. This performance-based program is unique in that it minimizes student class time and maximizes on-site skill development while working with a lead mentor and mentors with special expertise. Students gain hands-on experience through an internship where work products and skills are developed.

"The program offers a wonderful opportunity for aspiring superintendents to learn from experienced leaders in a supportive cohort format," said program coordinator Denise Schares. "The content, delivery and program expectations are designed to provide in-depth, practical and engaging learning experiences that prepare students to be successful in a role that is becoming increasingly complex and demanding."

Courses in this program are offered Wednesday nights during the fall and spring semesters via interactive video conferencing. Summer sessions include a short on-campus experience. Courses are supported online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a Web browser.

The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/superintendency.

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.

September 15, 2014 - 9:08am

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer Saturday digital media classes to elementary and junior high school kids beginning Saturday, Oct. 4.   

The classes are organized as "Digital Media Clubs" and are oriented to specific grade levels. They are taught by UNI students from the Interactive Digital Studies (IDS) program, and organized through the  IDS-based student organization The Digital Collective. The classes are meant to help  kids from first grade onward explore all parts of the Adobe Creative Cloud, including video editing, Photoshop, animation, Web design, coding and more.

"This is a remarkable opportunity for kids in the Cedar Valley," said Bettina Fabos, IDS professor. "It's also a great opportunity for our students. The best way to learn is to teach, and our student instructors are constantly being challenged – in the best way – by grade-school students who want to do incredibly ambitious things with digital media." 

Classes will be offered for various grade levels: first and second grade, 10 to 11 a.m.; third and fourth grade, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and seventh and eighth grade, 3 to 5 p.m. Classes meet in the computer lab on Rod Library's main floor, Room 286. Cost is $5 an hour.

Register by contacting Maddie McLaughlin at mclaumae@uni.edu or 515-669-8243, or Bettina Fabos at fabos@uni.edu or 319-273-5972.

September 15, 2014 - 1:28pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The MBA program at the University of Northern Iowa is seeking potential clients for its annual Capstone Experience.

The Capstone Experience is the comprehensive application of the MBA curriculum in a strategic context. Working in small teams with a faculty advisor, students are asked to frame and analyze an issue posed by an area organization in terms of a strategic business perspective. The team develops an enterprise-level understanding of the organization's industry and business model, applies an appropriate analytical framework to address the client's functional concerns, presents recommendations to the client, and reports to the MBA faculty with a summary of the situation and its strategic analysis.

Clients are drawn primarily from businesses and non-profit organizations in northeast Iowa, and the projects are completed in the spring of each year. The projects are developed to meet the specific needs of the client, but typically address strategic planning, marketing analysis, process analysis or feasibility questions. A general sequence of events includes:

- an agreement on the goals, scope and expected outcomes of the project by early April,

 - a detailed project plan approved by the client and the MBA faculty by early May,

 - a draft report on a substantially completed project to the advisor by early June, and

 - a formal presentation of project results by the end of June.

The teams are formed of three to five students with sufficient diversity to successfully analyze a business problem from a strategic perspective. Each team includes members with expertise across a range of business functions, business cultures and analytical methods. 

Each team is assigned a mentor from the graduate faculty who has expertise in the project area. The team is also advised by the Capstone coordinator, and the team makes reports to the full faculty over the course of the project. The aim is to insure that each team has access to the expertise and resources it will need to effectively complete the project. 

Projects are selected each fall based on student enrollment, the appropriateness of the question to the MBA curriculum, and the availability of a suitable faculty mentor. There is no fee for the consulting service, although for-profit entities are encouraged to consider UNIBusiness in their giving plans. Organizations that would like to propose a Capstone Experience project for the upcoming year are encouraged to contact Capstone coordinator Dale Cyphert at 319-273-6150 or dale.cyphert@uni.edu

September 15, 2014 - 2:19pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- More than 175 students from high schools and colleges across Iowa are expected to attend the seventh annual TRiO Student Leadership Conference, which will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

This year's theme is "TRiO Leadership: Becoming Agents of Change." The conference empowers and celebrates the diversity of students who participate in the Iowa TRiO programs, and provides a day of leadership development for students.

TRiO programs are federal outreach and student services programs that provide support and opportunities to underrepresented students pursuing a college degree. UNI began providing TRiO services in the 1960s and today offers the following TRiO programs: Educational Talent Search, Classic Upward Bound Program, Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

For more information, contact Colice Sanders, advising specialist for UNI Student Support Services, at 319-273-2179 or colice.sanders@uni.edu.

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